POLICE OFFICER EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS

– Shall have reached his/her 21st birthday by the time of their Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Certification.
– Be a United States citizen
– Have a high school diploma or GED
– Have a Virginia driver’s license or be able to obtain one

CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION RULES AND POLICIES
Revised: Effective July 1, 2016

RULE 12 (A) – DISQUALIFICATION OF APPLICANTS FOR POLICE OFFICER
The Commission reserves the right to refuse to further examine an applicant, or after examination, to further certify as eligible an applicant who:

A: Does not meet the established preliminary requirements as set forth in these rules for the position for which application is made.

B: Fails to pass the required test in strength and agility.

C: Has been involved in the following activities:

i. Possession or use of marijuana or any of its derivatives within the previous six (6) months.

ii. The conviction of any substantiated illegal act including the possession, manufacturing, sale or distribution of any narcotic, controlled substance, illegal, or dangerous drug (excluding misdemeanor marijuana).

iii. Illegal possession of a Schedule I or Schedule II drug, or any derivative thereof, within the last ten (10) years (excluding misdemeanor marijuana).

iv. Illegal use and or possession of anabolic steroids within the last five (5) years.

D: Is found to have used in excess, as determined by the Police Chief, or to be addicted to illegal drugs or narcotics unless the applicant:

i. Has successfully completed a supervised drug rehabilitation program and is no longer engaging in the illegal use of drugs, or has otherwise been rehabilitated successfully and is no longer engaging in such use; or

ii. Is participating in a supervised rehabilitation program and is no longer engaging in such use.

E: Who has been convicted of the following:

iii. A felony as defined in the Code of Virginia, or a crime of comparable nature in any other jurisdiction.

iv. Any Class 1 or Class 2 misdemeanor (excluding traffic offenses) within the last five (5) years (minor offenses may be looked at on a case by case basis).

v. Any crime involving moral turpitude, i.e., lying, cheating, or stealing.

vi. Domestic violence, as defined under the Federal Gun Control Act, or where there is an obvious pattern of abuse as determined by the Police Chief.

F: Who has intentionally made a false statement of any material fact or practiced or attempted to practice any deception or fraud in his/her application, examination, or in securing his/her eligibility for appointment.

G: Driving Under the Influence (DUI) conviction within the past thirty six (36) months or refusal to take blood/breath test within the last twelve (12) months.

H: Any two (2) convictions of DUI of alcohol or drugs within the prior ten (10) year period.

I: Driver’s license is suspended at time of the background check.

J: Driver’s license has been revoked from any State within the past twenty four (24) months.

K: DMV record shows a large amount of points in the minus column (-10 points or worse) or three (3) or more moving violations within the last twelve (12) months.

I: A dishonorable military discharge, or a less than honorable military discharge that is the result of misconduct. Any of the foregoing disqualifications shall cause the removal of the name of the applicant from the eligibility list or from the classified service within three (3) years after his/her appointment.

The applicant or eligible whose application is disqualified by any of the foregoing provisions of this rule may request an investigation of such disqualification by the Civil Service Commission within one (1) year of notification of disqualification. The investigation shall be at the discretion of the Commission, and the decision of the Commission shall be final unless otherwise provided for in the City Charter.


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